Kang claims AFI told him to drop out of World C’ships

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 17 Aug 2017 09:12:37



JAVELIN thrower Davinder Singh Kang has claimed that Athletics Federation of India asked him to drop out of the recently-concluded World Championships as he was facing doping charges but the AFI dismissed it as a non issue, saying it had done so to save the country from shame.

Kang, who became the first Indian javelin thrower to reach the final round of a World Championships last week in London, returned positive for marijuana in an in-competition test conducted by NADA during the Indian Grand Prix in May 15.
He was not handed a provisional suspension as it was not mandatory under WADA rules.

“The day I was to leave for London, I was told by an AFI official to drop out of World Championships. He said the IAAF will conduct test and I will be banned. In London also, just hours before the qualification round, I was told not to compete on the same ground that I can be banned by the IAAF,” Kang told PTI in London.

“I did not know what to do. I cried at my room but after taking advice from some people I decided to compete in the qualification round and I became the first Indian javelin thrower to qualify for the final round,” he added. AFI, however, dismissed Kang’s claim with the president Adille Sumiriwalla saying that the federation was within its powers to ask him to drop out. He said the AFI did it to save the country from dope shame at the international stage.

“He (Kang) tested for metabolites of marijuana. It did not attract mandatory suspension and it was optional to be exercised by the athlete. NADA informed us to ensure that he appears before the NADA panel for hearing,” Sumariwalla said.

“We requested him (Kang) to exercise the option of provisional suspension and we have the power to do that under the rules. Moreover, we thought it is better for him to remain within the purview of NADA.”
The AFI chief said Kang was included in the team despite his doping case and he was requested to drop out exercising the option of provisional suspension.